Core Course Descriptions

DePaul MBA


GSB 420
APPLIED QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

This course provides a comprehensive review of some basic mathematical and statistical methods and stresses their practical applications in business and economics. The course will equip the student with the quantitative skills required in the MBA program and will also provide a good foundation for addressing typical problems that arise in business. Additionally, the skills acquired in the course will also help the student prepare for the quantitative sections of professional exams, such as the CFA, the CPA and the CMA exams. This course will stress learning through applications/problem-solving using Excel and/or Minitab software for data analyses. However, the course must be analytical and theoretical to the extent that is necessary to develop a correct understanding of the topics presented. The topics covered in the course include relevant mathematical concepts: use of relevant functions and solving equations in unknowns, elementary calculus and graphing functions. It also focuses on relevant statistical concepts: probability theory, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and forecasting.

ACC 500
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

This introduction to financial accounting provides both a theoretical foundation and an opportunity to apply accounting logic in increasingly complex situations. The accounting model and information processing cycle are developed. The content of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows are studied in detail and analyzed.

ECO 555
ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply microeconomic principles to managerial decision-making. These principles include those underlying the theories of consumer choice, production and cost as they relate to decisions made by firms and households. Specific topics include consumer demand analysis and estimation; elasticity; production theory; cost structure and estimation; profit maximization; and the effect of market structure on pricing, output and profit.

Prerequisites:
GSB 420 is a prerequisite for this class.

ECO 509
BUSINESS CONDITIONS ANALYSIS

This course teaches students how to use available economic data to assess business conditions. This is done by: (1) evaluating the sources and usefulness of data periodically released by government and private sources and (2) developing a macroeconomic framework that the student can use to analyze business conditions. Completion of this course will allow students to understand economic news and relate it to their business or job.

ACC 555
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION-MAKING

This course addresses the financial, nonfinancial & ethical dimensions of decision- making. It provides students with a conceptual understanding of cost management and managerial accounting skills. Topics include cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost systems, budgeting and control and decision-making. Emphasis is on the interpretation & use of accounting information rather than its creation & accumulation.

FIN 555
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This course provides an introduction to concepts and techniques required to analyze and implement optimal financial decisions by firms and serves as the core course in the corporate finance sequence. The course focuses on the effect of time and uncertainty on investment and financing decisions. It develops a framework for corporate financial decision-making. Topics covered include basic discounting techniques, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, portfolio theory, asset pricing, and capital structure. The course uses several case studies to illustrate the application of finance theory to practical problems.

Prerequisites:
ACC 500 and ECO 555 and GSB 420, or equivalents, are prerequisites for this class

MGT 500
MANAGING FOR EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Students will critically examine ethical and creative methods to solve problems related to managing individuals and teams. Students utilize feedback from a developmental assessment center assessing their managerial and interpersonal skills. Personal development plans are created and skills developed throughout the course. Skill development domains include perception, attribution, motivation, learning leadership, communication, team development, managing change and conflict, decision-making, power and politics and business ethics.

MGT 502
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

At its core, business is about providing a superior product or service. This course analyzes the processes used to deliver products in the marketplace. World class firms have demonstrated that effective operations management can be a potent competitive weapon. This course addresses the key operations and logistical issues in service and manufacturing operations, which have strategic as well as tactical implications. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques and principles used by leading organizations are examined. Offered every quarter.

Prerequisites:
GSB 420 is a prerequisite for this class.

MGT 555
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

This course will help students understand how the management of people is influenced by the social, ethical and legal environment; by diversity in the work place; by the organizational culture; and by the business strategy. Students will learn how to effectively perform the following HR activities: selecting employees, developing people, evaluations and rewarding performance, and motivating employees. Offered every quarter.

Prerequisites:
MGT 500 is a prerequisite for this class.

MKT 555
DECISIONS IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Students are provided with an overview of the marketing process for consumer-oriented firms. Focus is placed on decision-making that aligns a firm's market offerings with the wants and needs of targeted segments of customers within a continuously changing environment. Written cases/projects are part of the course assignment.

GSB 599
STRATEGIC ANALYSIS FOR COMPETING GLOBALLY

This capstone course views the impact of contemporary issues on corporate strategy. Competitive, cultural, social and ethical issues are examined within the context of a global business environment. The course content emphasizes identifying strategic alternatives, developing corporate and business strategies, and understanding the role of functional activities and organizational processes from a strategic viewpoint. The process of the course involves team interaction, problem-solving, group decision-making, written reports and oral presentations.

Prerequisites:
ACC 500, GSB 420, MGT 500, (MGT 502 or MGT 504), (ECO 509 or ECO 502), (ACC 555 or ACC 554), ECO 555, FIN 555, (MGT 555 or MGT 554) and MKT 555 are prerequisites for this class.

ELECTIVES


FIN 557: INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

MGT 507: GLOBAL SOURCING AND PROCUREMENT

MGT 530: LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS

MGT 570: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURE MANGEMENT

MGT 598: PROJECT MANAGEMENT

MKT 545: CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

RE 530: REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT AND FINANCE